with Christine Destrempes & Andrew Fisk
The Connecticut River Watershed Council is working with River of Words Along the Connecticut River, and Art for Water to gather personal narratives about New England’s longest river through the Stream of Conscience art project. As owners of our rivers, citizens have a say in how hydroelectric facilities will be operated, how negative impacts on the river can be improved, and how renewable energy be made more sustainable. In the fall of 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission began the relicensing for five hydroelectric facilities in northern Massachusetts and southern Vermont that produce over 30% of hydropower generation in New England and affect more than 175 miles of the Connecticut River. The Stream of Conscience will be used to give input into this process, it is believed to be one of the first times that public participation art has been used for policy change. Free and open to all.